About Mara Kaplan

Bio: Let Kids Play! “All people deserve to play, including those who have disabilities.” Mara Kaplan is the driving force behind Let Kids Play!, a consulting firm working to ensure that all children have excellent play opportunities. She is an educator, a parent of a child with disabilities and a seasoned advocate for inclusive play. Mara is the editor of accessibleplayground.net and one of the authors of the Inclusive Play Design Guide. She founded an indoor play space for children with and without disabilities and was its executive director for over 13 years.

Inclusive play year in review 2014

Inclusive play continues to be an important area of focus for Playworld Systems as we work to make play accessible for everyone. Here’s a look at some memorable inclusive play moments from …

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Sensory Awareness Month 2014

While most people know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, fewer are aware that it is also Sensory Awareness Month.

We’re sharing inclusive play expert Mara Kaplan’s original post tied to National …

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The coolest thing on the playground: Cruise Line

Cruise Line gets children of all ages and abilities playing together. This unique ride gives kids the thrill of something exciting and new with perceived risk and speed.

There are many different …

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Inclusive Play Design Specialist spotlight

Once a month Play by Playworld will highlight Playworld Systems distributors who are certified Inclusive Play Design Specialists (IPDS). In July, we talked to Joanna Kania, master engineer and landscape architect with …

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Inclusive Play Design Specialist spotlight

Once a month Play by Playworld highlights Playworld Systems distributors who are certified Inclusive Play Design Specialists (IPDS). In June, we spoke with Playworld Midstates own Rick Walsh.

What surprised you during

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Inclusive play product focus: Rushmore

When a playground has only typical slides and climbers, it can limit inclusion.  Climbers and slides are prescriptive, meaning they tell the child how to play on them:  “climb up the ladder …

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Inclusive play product focus: Unity Dome

unity dome Inclusive play product focus: Unity DomeUnity takes the decades-old geodesic dome and makes it meaningful and relevant to 21st century children. It’s a dome comprised of circles that lead to all types of play adventures. The …

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Inclusive Play Design Specialist spotlight

Once a month, Play by Playworld highlights Playworld Systems distributors who are certified Inclusive Play Design Specialists (IPDS). In April, we talked to Pete Selak with Dave Bang Associates, a distributor of …

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